Lady Tigers continue to grow

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Pea Ridge Lady Blackhawks defeated Green Forest 25-18, 25-25-23, 25-14 on Thursday evening, but coach Trista Killingsworth said there is reason for optimism considering that the Lady Tigers are playing a team from Class 4A.

"They had some really good servers, but we did a really good job on the serve-receive," Killingsworth said. "We didn't let them serve more than five in a row, and I think they only got to five once. We did better on hitting as well."

In the first set, Alissa Smith had nine digs and two kills, while Stacy Flores had five digs and two kills. Kendall DeMeyer had an ace. Killingsworth said she is seeing an improvement as the year goes along.

"We are moving in the right direction and improving on the things we are working on in practice," Killingsworth said. "They are getting good tests with Berryville and Huntsville and Pea Ridge so we are going to keep striving to get better."

Vanessa Perez added eight digs in the second set, while Lexey Williams had four kills and Maressa Hernandez had two aces. Williams had five digs in the third set, while Kassidy Bell had two kills and Rachael Evans added an ace. On Monday, Green Forest played Valley Springs for the second time in seven days. After a five-set loss last week, Killingsworth hopes her team now has what it takes to win the rematch.

"The match with Pea Ridge helped give us a more competitive mindset," Killingsworth said. "Hopefully that will give us a little bit of confidence heading into Valley."

Smith finished the match with 19 digs and five kills, while Perez had 17 digs and Flores had 16 digs. Bell finished with six kills.

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